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'Salt sprinkled on our wounds': Saleh asks Ghani to release tapes with Khalilzad

The tweets from Amrullah Saleh were in response to claims made by US Secretary of State Antonio Blinken in a recent interview that Ghani was responsible for the collapse of the previous Afghan government.
File photo of former Afghanistan vice president Amrullah Saleh. (AFP Photo)
File photo of former Afghanistan vice president Amrullah Saleh. (AFP Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2021 09:54 PM IST
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US didn’t put enough pressure on Ghani, laments Khalilzad

  • The Afghan-born Khalilzad, speaking for the first time since his resignation on October 18, expressed reservations about the US decision to lift conditions on the withdrawal deal he had negotiated with the Taliban during the Trump years.
A file photo of US special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.(AP)
A file photo of US special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.(AP)
Published on Oct 25, 2021 02:53 AM IST
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‘Con-man’: Afghans on outgoing US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad

Khalilzad, who negotiated the February 2020 accord with the Taliban, resigned from his post on Monday.
Outgoing US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (File Photo/Reuters).
Outgoing US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (File Photo/Reuters).
Published on Oct 20, 2021 09:09 AM IST
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US Afghan Rep Khalilzad quits; pays for pro-Taliban tilt in Doha process

Zalmay Khalilzad has been criticised for not pressing the Taliban hard enough during peace talks. Current and former US officials told news agency Reuters that in the three years Khalilzad has been in the role, he became the face of one of the largest US diplomatic failures in recent memory.
File photo of Zalmay Khalilzad .(Reuters)
File photo of Zalmay Khalilzad .(Reuters)
Published on Oct 19, 2021 07:41 AM IST
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US-Taliban talks: India concerned as Pak wishes Taliban to lead Afghanistan govt

The resumption of dialogue with the Taliban under Joe Biden clearly shows that the US is continuing its Afghan policy on the lines of Donald Trump's administration.
US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad (C) and US Army General Scott Miller, commander of NATO's Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces, Afghanistan, attend Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani's inauguration as president, in Kabul, Afghanistan in this file picture from 2020.(Reuters)
US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad (C) and US Army General Scott Miller, commander of NATO's Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces, Afghanistan, attend Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani's inauguration as president, in Kabul, Afghanistan in this file picture from 2020.(Reuters)
Published on Mar 01, 2021 10:35 AM IST
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Zalmay Khalilzad departs for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Qatar, Turkmenistan

In the region, Ambassador Khalilzad will encourage Afghanistan’s neighbours to support an end to the violence and a political settlement as soon as possible, the Department said.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad .(REUTERS)
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad .(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 04, 2021 11:04 PM IST
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Washington, United States | ByAsian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar

Taliban team in Pakistan as calls grow for Afghan cease-fire

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and his delegation were summoned to Islamabad from Qatar, where they have been negotiating since September with Afghan government representatives, officials close to the talks said.
Taliban delegates shake hands during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar September 12, 2020.(Reuters/ File photo)
Taliban delegates shake hands during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar September 12, 2020.(Reuters/ File photo)
Published on Dec 16, 2020 03:53 PM IST
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Islamabad | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

US, Taliban discuss peace process, release of remaining prisoners

US State Department in its official statement has welcomed the formation and the first Leadership Committee meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation on Saturday.
US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, in talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar earlier this year.(Reuters File Photo)
US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, in talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar earlier this year.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2020 03:49 PM IST
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US envoy warns new violence threatens Afghan peace process

Zalmay Khalilzad’s comments come as renewed fighting for days has plagued Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, a longtime Taliban stronghold.
US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks during a debate at Tolo TV channel in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks during a debate at Tolo TV channel in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 19, 2020 05:18 PM IST
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US Embassy in Kabul warns of extremist attacks against women

The warning issued late Thursday doesn’t specify the organizations plotting the attacks, but it comes as the Taliban and government-appointed negotiators are sitting together for the first time to try to find a peaceful end to decades of relentless war.
The Taliban have been harshly criticized for their treatment of women and girls during their five-year rule when the insurgent group denied girls access to school and women to work outside their home.(REUTERS/ Representative image)
The Taliban have been harshly criticized for their treatment of women and girls during their five-year rule when the insurgent group denied girls access to school and women to work outside their home.(REUTERS/ Representative image)
Published on Sep 18, 2020 10:48 AM IST
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Kabul | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

India sheds reluctance in engaging Taliban at the Doha intra-Afghan talks

India removed the ambiguity around engaging with the Taliban over the weekend when external affairs minister S Jaishankar addressed the opening session of the intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, speaks during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar on Sunday(REUTERS)
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, speaks during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar on Sunday(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 15, 2020 02:12 PM IST
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US special envoy Khalilzad to reach Pakistan today, New Delhi next stop

Pakistan has been uncomfortable at New Delhi’s participation at the intra-Afghan talks and has red flagged a role for India in internal meetings with the US, Qatari mediators
Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy for peace in Afghanistan, will arrive in New Delhi on a quick visit to discuss the Afghan peace process with external affairs minister S Jaishankar(REUTERS)
Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy for peace in Afghanistan, will arrive in New Delhi on a quick visit to discuss the Afghan peace process with external affairs minister S Jaishankar(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 01:36 PM IST
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US committed to protect Afghan people’s interests in Doha talks: Zalmay Khalilzad

In an interview with TOLOnews in Doha, Khalilzad said a solution should be found to end the Afghan crisis, which will lead to long-lasting peace.
Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy for peace in Afghanistan is seen before talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar.(REUTERS)
Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy for peace in Afghanistan is seen before talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar.(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 13, 2020 08:23 PM IST
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Kabul | ByAsian News International | Posted by Arpan Rai

Afghan president to sign release of Taliban prisoners, peace talks expected in days

The government accepted the advice of a loya jirga, a grand assembly of elders, on Sunday to release 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners, paving the way for talks aimed at ending a war that has ground on since US-backed Afghan forces ousted a Taliban government in late 2001.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds up the resolution on the last day of an Afghan Loya Jirga or traditional council, in Kabul.(AP file photo)
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds up the resolution on the last day of an Afghan Loya Jirga or traditional council, in Kabul.(AP file photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2020 02:42 PM IST
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US envoy forges ahead with troubled Taliban peace deal

Zalmay Khalilzad was wrapping up a week-long trip that included stops in Uzbekistan, Pakistan and the Gulf state of Qatar, where Taliban negotiators are headquartered.
FILE - In this April 9, 2019, file photo, Afghans watch a civilian vehicle burnt after being shot by US forces following an attack near the Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)
FILE - In this April 9, 2019, file photo, Afghans watch a civilian vehicle burnt after being shot by US forces following an attack near the Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)
Published on Jul 04, 2020 07:11 PM IST
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Islamabad | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai

EU seeks immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Afghanistan, condemns violence

The European mission heads said the targeted killings against clergy, journalists, human rights defenders, among others, have increased in the recent weeks.
US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is in Asia these days, travelling over to Islamabad, Tashkent and Doha to garner support to meet the remaining commitments ahead of intra-Afghan negotiations. (AP photo)
US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is in Asia these days, travelling over to Islamabad, Tashkent and Doha to garner support to meet the remaining commitments ahead of intra-Afghan negotiations. (AP photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2020 09:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi

Taliban playing good cop, bad cop: Experts on Kashmir comment

So far, India has stayed away from dialogue with the Taliban. US Special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad also recently urged India to open direct talks with the Taliban.
Suhail Shaheen, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as the political wing of Taliban calls itself, had clarified on social media claims on Kashmir last week.(Sourced)
Suhail Shaheen, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as the political wing of Taliban calls itself, had clarified on social media claims on Kashmir last week.(Sourced)
Updated on May 24, 2020 01:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

Taliban’s Sirajuddin Haqqani admitted to Pak military hospital for Covid-19: Intel

Taliban leader Fazal Mazloom’s absence from the Doha meetings this month could be linked to his Covid-19 positive status, a security official said.
Some familiar faces such as Fazal Mazloom who travel to Doha with Taliban’s Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar skipped the meeting this month, reportedly due to Covid-19(Reuters)
Some familiar faces such as Fazal Mazloom who travel to Doha with Taliban’s Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar skipped the meeting this month, reportedly due to Covid-19(Reuters)
Updated on May 22, 2020 08:52 PM IST
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Chabahar port attains key role in supplying aid to Afghanistan amid Covid-19 crisis

India has made a commitment to supply 75,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan, of which 5000 tonnes was shipped via Chabahar last month, while another 10,000 tonnes was despatched to the Iranian port on Thursday, the people said.
A speed boat passes by oil docks at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar, east of the Strait of Hormuz.(Reuters/ File photo)
A speed boat passes by oil docks at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar, east of the Strait of Hormuz.(Reuters/ File photo)
Updated on May 08, 2020 10:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRezaul H Laskar | Posted by Arpan Rai

India conveys concerns about terror sanctuaries in Pakistan to US special envoy Khalilzad

The concerns were conveyed to the US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation during his meetings with external affairs minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the people cited above said on condition of anonymity.
US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, the first high-level foreign dignitary to travel to New Delhi since Covid-19-related travel restrictions came into effect, visited India as part of a three-nation tour that will also take him to Qatar and Pakistan.(AFP/ File photo)
US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, the first high-level foreign dignitary to travel to New Delhi since Covid-19-related travel restrictions came into effect, visited India as part of a three-nation tour that will also take him to Qatar and Pakistan.(AFP/ File photo)
Updated on May 07, 2020 09:07 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRezaul H Laskar | Posted by Arpan Rai

US special envoy to visit India, Qatar, Pakistan to revive Afghan peace talks

Last month, Khalilzad spoke to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and welcomed India’s engagement in regional and international efforts for lasting peace in war-torn Afghanistan.
United States special envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad(Reuters file photo)
United States special envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad(Reuters file photo)
Updated on May 07, 2020 07:18 AM IST
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Washington | ByAsian News International | Posted by Niyati Singh

US calls on Afghans to set aside disputes, focus on coronavirus pandemic

“The well-being of the Afghan people and the country itself depend on all parties devoting their full energies to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, the shared enemy of all,” Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted early Sunday.
Vendors walk with colored balloons for sale on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 22, 2020.(AP)
Vendors walk with colored balloons for sale on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 22, 2020.(AP)
Published on Apr 26, 2020 03:57 PM IST
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Khalilzad reaches out to Jaishankar on troubled Afghan peace process

Khalilzad, who has been pushing the Afghan government to facilitate the implementation of the US-Taliban deal by releasing more Taliban prisoners, tweeted he had reached out to external affairs minister S Jaishankar to discuss the latest developments in the Afghan peace process.
US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, speaks during a debate at Tolo TV channel in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters)
US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, speaks during a debate at Tolo TV channel in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters)
Updated on Apr 19, 2020 09:26 PM IST
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Violence, doubts tail Afghan peace talks in end stages

The Taliban have ramped up attacks in recent days as US special representative Zalmay Khalilzad has indicated that an agreement has been reached with them “in principle”.
Resolute Support (RS) forces arrive at the site of car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. A car bomb rocked the Afghan capital on Thursday and smoke rose from a part of eastern Kabul near a neighborhood housing the US Embassy, the NATO Resolute Support mission and other diplomatic missions.(Photo: AP)
Resolute Support (RS) forces arrive at the site of car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. A car bomb rocked the Afghan capital on Thursday and smoke rose from a part of eastern Kabul near a neighborhood housing the US Embassy, the NATO Resolute Support mission and other diplomatic missions.(Photo: AP)
Published on Sep 05, 2019 11:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

J-K briefing: Foreign minister S Jaishankar meets US special envoy

Khalilzad, who is in Delhi on a two-day trip to forge consensus on US’ efforts to end the fighting in Afghanistan, is the senior-most American official to visit India after New Delhi’s surprise move to end Kashmir’s special status and split it into two union territories — Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
There was no official readout on the meeting between Khalilzad and external affairs minster S Jaishankar, who only tweeted he had “useful discussions” with the US special envoy.(PTI Photo)
There was no official readout on the meeting between Khalilzad and external affairs minster S Jaishankar, who only tweeted he had “useful discussions” with the US special envoy.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2019 09:32 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByShishir Gupta & Rezaul H Laskar

U.S. envoy says latest peace talks with Taliban ‘most productive’ so far

U.S envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been holding peace talks with the Taliban to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan since last year, said the latest round of discussions were the “most productive session” to date.
U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, speaks during a debate at Tolo TV channel in Kabul, Afghanistan April 28, 2019.(Reuters)
U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, speaks during a debate at Tolo TV channel in Kabul, Afghanistan April 28, 2019.(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 07, 2019 11:54 AM IST
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Kabul | ByReuters

India cautions against hasty peace deal between US and Taliban

A key round of negotiations between the Taliban leaders and the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, is scheduled to start this week in Doha.
Washington has been trying to forge a peace deal with the Taliban so that US President Donald Trump can keep his election promise of ending American involvement in Afghanistan as the campaign for next year’s election heats up.(Reuters File Photo)
Washington has been trying to forge a peace deal with the Taliban so that US President Donald Trump can keep his election promise of ending American involvement in Afghanistan as the campaign for next year’s election heats up.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2019 11:34 AM IST
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United Nations | ByIndo Asian News Service

India, US agree to save Afghan gains in 18 years

The US on Tuesday agreed with India that the gains made in Afghanistan over the past 18 years must be preserved in any possible deal in talks with the Taliban – a key concern for the government in New Delhi.
The matter figured in meetings between the US special representative for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad (in the photo), and his Indian interlocutors.(AP photo)
The matter figured in meetings between the US special representative for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad (in the photo), and his Indian interlocutors.(AP photo)
Updated on May 07, 2019 11:01 PM IST
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On Afghan peace tour, US envoy again skips India tour

Khalilzad recently held a marathon round of talks with the Taliban leadership in Qatar, during which the two sides finalised a draft agreement on US troop withdrawal and assurances that Afghan soil would not be used by any terror group.
Pak foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (left) meets US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad on Friday(Pak Foreign Office via AP)
Pak foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (left) meets US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad on Friday(Pak Foreign Office via AP)
Published on Apr 06, 2019 12:16 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByRezaul Laskar

US-Taliban talks: A road to nowhere

The US wants to get out, and seeks an assurance that Afghanistan would not be used to target the US. But will the Taliban honour it if and when it comes to power? Would the Pakistani army allow the Taliban enough leeway to act independently in Afghanistan’s interest?
The acceptable fig leaf is that Afghanistan would not be used to launch attacks on the United States(REUTERS)
The acceptable fig leaf is that Afghanistan would not be used to launch attacks on the United States(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 25, 2019 08:52 PM IST
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